Flesh-eating cocaine reported in New York, L.A.

What do zombies and cocaine have it common? Both can eat your flesh.

Have you heard about the flesh-eating cocaine? Though snorted, it can eat flesh anywhere on the body.

Have you heard about the flesh-eating cocaine? Though snorted, it can eat flesh anywhere on the body.

ABC News reports the snortable drug is responsible for an outbreak of a flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.

According to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 82 percent of street cocaine is laced with the veterinary drug levamisole, which is used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep.

Levamisole can also rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks, doctors says. Multiple cases of rotted flesh have already been reported.

Dealers usually use baking soda as a filler, but may have turned to the veterinary drug because it may extend the cocaine high, experts say.

Some drug users appear immune to the tainted blow, but others are severely affected. One doctor reported seeing a man whose entire body was black with dying flesh.

There’s more bad news: Levamisole also prevents the body’s creation of infection-fighting white blood cells.

“It’s a little bit like having HIV,” said Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist with Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute in the ABC article. “About 10 percent of those patients will die from severe infections. They may be walking around like a time bomb.”

If you ever needed a reason to quit, here’s your sign.

98 comments Add your comment

Haley Reinhart

June 23rd, 2011
1:28 pm

So that is why my ears fell off.

Innocent Bystander

June 23rd, 2011
1:43 pm

Glad to see Darwinism is alive and well.


June 23rd, 2011
1:59 pm

I noticed when Michael Jackson was alive, it appeared that parts of his nose and cheeks were wearing away. I wonder now if it was becuase of this type of cocaine, or just the surgery going bad. We will never know now. I wonder if the cocaine is more expensive or cheaper with this substance in it? Just another reason not to do drugs.


June 23rd, 2011
2:03 pm

Well if you are not a crack head..then you are GOOD TO GO.
Never tried it NEVER WILL
I’m cool

cracking up

June 23rd, 2011
2:12 pm

Flesh eating bacteria shouldn’t be the only reason to quit… how about just don’t get started… SMDH.. as if the drug itself didn’t cause enough damage when it was cut with baking soda but now they’ve up’ed the anti.. WOW…


June 23rd, 2011
2:16 pm

I love it! Keep it coming! Just what idiot drug users have coming. Cull the herds.


June 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

Is this exactly the same story from more than a year ago:

Oh, it is. Media frenzy, say hello to reefer madness 2011…

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June 23rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Is this bacteria contagious? These people are easily identified and should be quarantined/arrested/removed from the public.


June 23rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Drugs should be legalized and regulated and drug dealers should be forced to put a picture of rotted flesh on cocaine packaging. Think it would make a difference.

Lynda Funderburke

June 23rd, 2011
2:23 pm

Does this mean as parents we don’t have to guess anymore if our kids are using or not? Just give it time and watch their face to see what turns black……….Just what I wanted to hear……..

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

June 23rd, 2011
2:35 pm

The AJC staff writers must be having a busy day…they neglected to add that, irregardless that this bad side effect is due to illegal activity, it’s still all the fault of George W. Bush…..and only a bailout program for coke snorters dreamed up by Obama can solve it. Oh, and those of us taxpayers who are against the bailout are all racists.


June 23rd, 2011
2:40 pm

@The Ghost of Lester Maddox

irregardless (sic) huh? Wow, just wow.


June 23rd, 2011
2:46 pm

Well, ain’t Karma a B-tch! Can we get this added to all other illegal drugs? Cigarettes too?


June 23rd, 2011
2:49 pm

So most likely there are a half-dozen drug companies who manufacture levamisole, and they have some very good customers from South America who pay in cash for tons of the stuff.

The laws and penalties for producing and distributing imitation controlled substances are just as bad as the real thing, and therefore the companies who sell levamisole ‘no questions asked’ are quite culpable for serious crimes.

jim demint

June 23rd, 2011
2:54 pm

Very interesting

Grammer Police

June 23rd, 2011
2:57 pm

@The Ghost of Lester Maddox: Irregardless isn’t a word. It’s just ‘regardless’. Look it up.

Bert Ernie

June 23rd, 2011
3:02 pm

“There’s more bad news: Levamisole also prevents the body’s creation of infection-fighting white blood cells.”

Why is that bad news?


June 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

OK kids, the article said nothing about bacteria, so no, it’s not contagious. You guys have got to learn to read!


June 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

What a horrible thing. And nobody deserves this kind of illness. So some people here are pretty horrible too with their thoughts. In fact I don’t see the difference. They are a disease too.


June 23rd, 2011
3:15 pm

Evidently cigarettes are not good for me and now this? What is next, moonshine?

Idiot Police

June 23rd, 2011
3:21 pm

It’s grammar – not grammer


June 23rd, 2011
3:27 pm

It’s a proper noun, Idiot.

Chode McBlob

June 23rd, 2011
3:33 pm

You have to be an idiot to use Cocaine anyway.


June 23rd, 2011
3:37 pm

Damn it. What’s the world coming to when even cocaine is bad for you now??


June 23rd, 2011
3:40 pm

Hahahahaha! Well people should NOT do drugs anyway! :)

Joe Friday

June 23rd, 2011
3:43 pm

Now, if it could be engineered to rot the genitalia we could solve two problems at once.

Gives a whole new meaning to the term “killer s*it”

Father's Day with Ah-nold

June 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

Cocaine’s a hell of a drug…..

Robert Barr

June 23rd, 2011
4:33 pm

This is terrible. What a nightmare for critical care workers. This stuff is dangerous.
Personally, I like to go down to Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco where the stuff is fresh and clean. straight from the source. You can walk into any gay bar in town and get a $50 bag that will keep you high for three days. Viva Mexico!


June 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

why would anyone want to take drugs for recreation?

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legalize now!

June 23rd, 2011
4:43 pm

This is why drugs should be legal! People that are going to take it will take it anyway. The rest of us might as well earn tax dollars off the “brothers” crack hit.


June 23rd, 2011
4:43 pm

Ears falling off? New Verizon commerical:

Can you hear me now?

Employment Boost?

June 23rd, 2011
4:46 pm

Maybe these folks can get a job as an extra in the zombie movie that’s being filmed in Atlanta lately! There’s always a silver lining.

Chadd Derkins

June 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

How has nobody commented that “Chris” might be the stupidest human being alive, with that comment about Michael Jackson?

legalize now!

June 23rd, 2011
4:51 pm

Dude, you spell Chad with two “d”’s you would have to be a close 2nd.


June 23rd, 2011
5:12 pm

This won’t make a difference to anyone that uses cocaine… Does the threat of lung cancer keep smokers away from their cigarettes?


June 23rd, 2011
5:34 pm

Fake and gay


June 23rd, 2011
5:47 pm

If the drug users didn’t stop when they learned the pushers was holding crack in their rectum, what makes you think this little hiccup is going to stop them. Those users will stop at nothing to get that stuff in their body.


June 23rd, 2011
6:06 pm

Do not do DRUGS…I have important items to spend my hard earned money on..shelter, food, utilities, transportation, life. Who are these people? Seriously though, I cannot judge them, I will pray for them…PEACE

Bob Smith

June 23rd, 2011
6:11 pm

If we stopped all this nonsense and just legalized drugs we would have more revenue and all of these types of problems would go away. Face facts, PEOPLE WANT DRUGS. Always have, always will.


June 23rd, 2011
6:32 pm

No, Bob, people like YOU want drugs. Always have, always will…until you die!

The voice

June 23rd, 2011
6:37 pm

Bob is right. I have used and I am clean now and glad to be that way. But cocaine has been around for centuries. It is not going to go away. There will always be some people that use it. Anyone can be an addict, and once they start, they will not stop until they make that personal choice. Legalizing it will mean government regulation that will at least stop garbage like this from hurting people that you know and love.


June 23rd, 2011
6:38 pm

drugs are bad, mkayy?


June 23rd, 2011
7:22 pm

“Drugs should be legalized and regulated and drug dealers should be forced to put a picture of rotted flesh on cocaine packaging. Think it would make a difference.”

If drugs were legalized and regulated, cocaine wouldn’t rot people’s flesh off. It would still be bad for you, but it probably wouldn’t be cut with dewormer.

Yellowtops. I've got yellowtops

June 23rd, 2011
7:41 pm

Hey Addicts,

Is the high worth it if things that you need fall off? If you EVAH needed a reason to quit. This is the one! Now the dealers have done it, They’ve given a junkie a reason to move away from their product. They used to be smart enough to get you hooked, now they want to get rid of their customers.


June 23rd, 2011
11:59 pm

@ Idiot Police Re: Grammer Police

“It’s grammar – not grammer”

It’s always the dimmest bulbs that are unable to discern when they have been baited, and they’ll never be any the wiser, unfortunately.

sala bizzle

June 24th, 2011
12:39 am

Atleast its not flesh eating marijuana. LOL

Mr Shmetel

June 24th, 2011
1:35 am

But I love cocaine!


June 24th, 2011
3:15 am

My dumba$$ doctor didn’t have a clue why my ears fell off!!!!!! Thanks AJC!